This is Mercutio's current tank setup. (Ignore the thermometer, my heater was being difficult and his tank is now stable at 80 degrees.)(Also, the cover was only off because I was trying to get pictures of him and needed more light. He does have a cover.)
--------Pics of Merc On August 24th, 2014---------
(He is next to my hamster's large bin cage because of space contraints, so don't mind the bin in the background.)
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(copypasted from my tumblr)
Yes he is very clamped up and stress-stripey currently, but he is in a new world right now, and his heater had trouble overnight and he is very unsure of me right now so its expected. He does color back up when I am not close to his tank though, and is swimming actively.
I tried to get pictures of his colors but he goes all stripey when I get close enough. So he will have to settle a bit before I can get color pictures. He is a dark bluegreen color with red on his fins/tail, and appears to have a dark dorsal stripe which has me hopeful that he may be a dragonscale boy (though I will be happy with whatever he ends up being).
He will most likely be getting an Aquafarm V2 as a permanent home at some point in the next few months. I am really interested in the Aquafarm, and I feel that the V2 would make an appropriate tank if cared for by someone who knows what they are doing and can care for the Betta’s needs as well as the plants on top.
He will not be living with other fish, as I have not had very good luck with Bettas living with other fish/invertebrates, or in large tanks. Most of my past Bettas have done a lot better in 3-5 gallon tanks by themselves, so that is my plan for Mercutio.